Steve Czaban

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Steve Czaban
Born (1968-06-01) June 1, 1968 (age 48)
McLean, Virginia, United States
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. 1990)
Show The Sports Reporters
The Steve Czaban Show
Station(s) ESPN 980
Network ESPN Radio
Yahoo! Sports Radio
Time slot Weekdays, 4-7 PM (Eastern)
Weekdays, 6-10 AM (Eastern)
Style Sports radio
Country United States
Spouse(s) Deana Czaban
Children 2

Steve Czaban (born June 1, 1968) is an American sports radio personality. Czaban (ZAH-ben) hosts The Drive on ESPN 980 with former Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley. He also hosts The Steve Czaban Show on Yahoo! Sports Radio and does a daily sports segment for Bob & Brian. He was previously featured on Fox Sports Radio.

Early life and education[edit]

Czaban has joked that he grew up "...on the mean streets of McLean, Virginia."[1] His father was a computer-systems analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture and his mother taught elementary school.[2] He attended Cooper Middle School and Langley High School before enrolling at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Communications and Political Science.[1]

Early career[edit]

Upon graduating, Czaban served as the radio announcer for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos' basketball and football teams in addition to hosting a local sports show on KTMS-AM 1260 in Santa Barbara, California until 1994.[1][3]

Czaban moved back to his hometown and was hired by Andy Pollin at WTEM to do updates as a part-timer for Team Tickers during Summer 1994.[2]

Chicago and Charlotte[edit]

In late 1994, Czaban moved to Chicago to host the morning show on the One-On-One Sports radio network.[2] While in Chicago he met Bob Madden and Brian Nelson, the hosts of Bob & Brian, and added The Sports Report with Steve Czaban segment to their show under the title of "Original Sports Donkey".[4] He hosted until his departure in 1997.

In 1998, Czaban was hired by WFNZ based in Charlotte, North Carolina as their afternoon sports show host, but exited in June 1999.[5]

Return to WTEM[edit]

The Sports Reporters[edit]

After six months at ESPN Radio, Czaban rejoined Pollin in 2000 for The Sports Reporters, which aired on Washington, D.C.-based WTEM.[2] The duo raised controversy in December 2012 when commenting on then 50-year-old transgender Mission College basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig.[6] The comments resulted in suspensions for both hosts.[7]

The Drive[edit]

After a 13-year run,[8] in July 2013 ESPN 980 announced that Pollin would be replaced as Czaban's co-host by former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley.[9] With the departure of Pollin, The Sports Reporters was discontinued while the new show, The Drive with Cooley and Czabe, debuted on August 1, 2013 and included Al Galdi.[10] He signed a three-year extension to continue hosting the show on January 6, 2014.[11]

Fox Sports Radio[edit]

While hosting The Sports Reporters, Czaban joined Fox Sports Radio in 2002 and hosted GameTime with Steve Czaban.[12] In January 2005, he was moved to The First Team on Fox as part of their morning lineup,[12] later renamed the Steve Czaban Show until its cancellation in December 2009.[13][14]

Sporting News Radio/Yahoo! Sports Radio[edit]

It was announced in August 2010 that Czaban would return to Sporting News Radio (formerly One-On-One Sports).[15] He was joined by his long-time sidekicks, including co-host Scott Linn, producer Steve Solomon, and anchor Al Galdi.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Czaban is married to Deana Czaban and resides on 10 acres in Round Hill, Virginia.[2] The couple has two daughters, Catherine and Megan.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Loria, Keith (October 14, 2011). "McLean native Steve Czaban brings passion for sports to the airwaves". Fairfax Times. Reston, Virginia. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mcclain, Buzz (March 2009). "A Day with the Czabe". Northern Virginia Magazine. Chantilly, Virginia. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Miller, Lisa (May 10, 2013). "How I Got Into Radio: Steve Czaban". Radio Ink. Boynton Beach, Florida. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Meet the Cast". January 12, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "CHARLOTTE: Station reprogramming lineup". Sports Business Journal. Charlotte, North Carolina. June 21, 1999. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Andy Pollin, Steve Czaban suspended for Gabrielle Ludwig remarks". WJLA-TV. December 11, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hiestand, Michael (December 11, 2012). "Sports talk hosts suspended over transsexual comments". USA Today. Tysons Corner, Virginia. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 23, 2013). "Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin on the end of their show". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "ESPN 980 unveils new afternoon radio show, The Drive with Cooley and Czabe, to debut on ESPN 980 Aug. 1st". ESPN 980. July 22, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 23, 2013). "Chris Cooley to replace Andy Pollin on 'Sports Reporters'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Steinberg, Dan (January 7, 2014). "Steve Czaban signs extension at ESPN 980". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Steve Czaban biography" (PDF). Middle Atlantic PGA. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Steve Czaban Joins Sporting News Radio at the Wayback Machine (archived August 16, 2010)
  14. ^ "Steve Czaban cancelled by Fox Sports Sports Radio". Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. December 8, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "People & Personalities: Herbstreit Holds Out On Joining Twitter". Sports Business Journal. Charlotte, North Carolina. August 13, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 

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